U.S. Fulbright Grantees in Bulgaria

Academic Year 2020-2021

SCHOLARS
  • Dr. Mariofanna Milanova
    Field of Specialization: Information Sciences
    Home Institution: University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Technical University, Sofia
  • Dr. Cristofer Scarboro
    Field of Specialization: History
    Home Institution: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad
  • Dr. Elaine Struthers
    Field of Specialization: Allied Health
    Home Institution: Las Cruces Public School District, Las Cruces, NM
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University, Sofia
  • Dr. Jasmin Vassileva
    Field of Specialization: Clinical Psychology
    Home Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Bulgarian Addictions Institute, Sofia
  • Alexandra White
    Field of Specialization: Business and Management
    Home Institution: Luther College, Decorah, IA
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Sofia University, Sofia
  • Dr. Yanjun Yan
    Field of Specialization: Engineering
    Home Institution: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Technical University of Sofia, Sofia
GRADUATE STUDENTS
  • Emmanuel Aprilakis
    Field of Specialization: Classics
    Project Title: Traditions of the Ancient Theater Space
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Sofia University, Sofia
  • Lucas Fagre
    Field of Specialization: Anthropology, Global Health
    Project Title: Analysis of Barriers to Measles Vaccine Access among Roma in Bulgaria and Romania
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Trust for Social Achievement, Sofia
  • Lindsey Foltz
    Field of Specialization: Anthropology
    Project Title: The Bank of the Burkan: Jarred Foods and Biocultural Preservation in Bulgaria
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Plovdiv University, Plovdiv
  • Christopher Harper
    Field of Specialization: Public Health
    Project Title: An Empirical and Policy Approach to Hope and a Just Future for Bulgarian Orphans
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Cedar Foundation, Sofia
  • Anastasia Koumtcheva
    Field of Specialization: Architecture
    Project Title: Looking Towards National Revival Vernacular to Inform Sustainable Housing Design
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University, Sofia
  • Jose Fernando Rios
    Field of Specialization: Political Science
    Project Title: The Role of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the Bulgarian Political Process
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Sofia University, Sofia
  • Aurelien Tafani
    Field of Specialization: Archaeology
    Project Title: Understanding Diet and Mobility in the Lower Danube Valley during the Fifth Millennium BC
    Host Institution in Bulgaria: Sofia University, Sofia
ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANTS
  • Madelyn Bjork
    Field of Specialization: Law, Politics, and Society
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Varna, Bulgaria
  • Emily Bom
    Field of Specialization: Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sophia Brewer Thompson
    Field of Specialization: Religion & Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
  • Amanda Burau
    Field of Specialization: Human Resource Development
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Montana, Bulgaria
  • Bjorn Carlson
    Field of Specialization: International Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Smolyan, Bulgaria
  • Gabrielle Cascio
    Field of Specialization: English and International Affairs
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sliven, Bulgaria
  • Benjamin Custer
    Field of Specialization: Communication
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Isabella DeSheplo
    Field of Specialization: Political Science
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
  • Katelyn Egan
    Field of Specialization: Bassoon Performance
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Panagyurishte, Bulgaria
  • Emilie Ehrman
    Field of Specialization: Public Relations
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Yambol, Bulgaria
  • Jason Entingh
    Field of Specialization: Linguistics
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Ruse, Bulgaria
  • Giovanni Gamalong
    Field of Specialization: Chemistry and Global Health Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sneha Gubbala
    Field of Specialization: Political Science
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Kardzhali, Bulgaria
  • Danielle Harris
    Field of Specialization: History, Social Science, Education
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Sara Huzar
    Field of Specialization: History and Global Affairs
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Savannah Jelks
    Field of Specialization: History
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Kadia King
    Field of Specialization: Political Science
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Burgas, Bulgaria
  • Lukas Koester
    Field of Specialization: Film and Media Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Varna, Bulgaria
  • Preston Korst
    Field of Specialization: Communication Management
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Vidin, Bulgaria
  • Mathew Lauer
    Field of Specialization: Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Ruse, Bulgaria
  • Brenna Lewis-Slammon
    Field of Specialization: English and Psychological Science
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Razgrad, Bulgaria
  • Isabella Lindh
    Field of Specialization: English
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Galabovo, Bulgaria
  • Courtney Meissner
    Field of Specialization: Communication Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Pernik, Bulgaria
  • Christopher Nash
    Field of Specialization: Psychology
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Dobrich, Bulgaria
  • Audrey Novak
    Field of Specialization: International Development
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Silistra, Bulgaria
  • Jacob Pintar
    Field of Specialization: Political Science
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Allison Rice
    Field of Specialization: Biblical and Theological Studies, English
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Lovech, Bulgaria
  • Morgan Rowe
    Field of Specialization: Political Science, English
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  • Katerina Sankow
    Field of Specialization:  Russian and Eastern European Studies
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • Megan Siedman
    Field of Specialization: Sociology and Mathematics
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria
  • Michael Smith
    Field of Specialization: Communication
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
  • Alexander Thomas
    Field of Specialization: Environmental Studies/IPE
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Pravets, Bulgaria
  • Rose Wehrman
    Field of Specialization: English
    Project Title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Shumen, Bulgaria
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Bulgarian Fulbright Grantees

Academic Year 2019-2020

VISITING SCHOLARS

Dr. Hristomir Yordanov

Field of Specialization: Telecommunications

Home Institution: Technical University, Sofia

Host institution in the US: University of California – Berkeley, CA

Fall 2019

Prof. Mira Tzvetkova – Arsova

Field of Specialization: Special Education

Home Institution: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Host institution in the US: CUNY-Hunter College, New York, NY

Spring 2020

Prof. Mihail Todorov

Field of Specialization: Applied Mathematics

Home Institution: Technical University, Sofia

Host institution in the US: San Diego State University, CA

Spring 2020

Dr. Velislava Petrova

Field of Specialization: Cultural Studies

Home Institution: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Host Institution in the US: University of California – Berkeley, CA

Spring 2020

Assoc. Prof. Miroslava Nedyalkova

Field of Specialization: Chemistry

Home Institution: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Host Institution in the US: University of Maryland – Baltimore, MD

Fall 2019

Assoc. Prof. Elena Stoykova

Field of Specialization: Optics

Home Institution: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Host Institution in the US: University of Dayton, OH

Fall 2019

SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF CIVIL SOCIETY

Venelin Stoychev

Field of Specialization: Social Work

Home Institution: LARGO Association

Host Institution in the US: Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Lawrence,

Spring 2020

Yana Buhrer Tavanier

Field of Specialization: Civil Society Development

Home Institution: Fine Acts Foundation

Host Institution in the US: Amnesty International, New York, NY

Spring 2020

HUBERT HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP

Verginiya Mincheva-Rousseva

Field of Specialization: Law and Human Rights

Home Institution: Sofia City Court

Host Institution in the US: American University, Washington, DC

Fall 2019

Ognyan Georgiev

Field of Specialization: Urban and Regional Planning

Home Institution: “Capital” Newspaper

Host Institution in the US: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Fall, 2019

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Denitsa Vidolova

Field of study: International Education

Home institution: University of Exeter, UK

Pursued degree: MA International and Comparative Education

Host Institution in the U.S.: Columbia University, New York, NY

Stela Gavrilova                    Thanks to Scandinavia Award

Field of study: Business Administration

Home institutions:  Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”

Pursued degree: MBA

Host Institution in the U.S.:  Cornell University, Ithaka, NY

Stoimen Iliev                                 

Field of study: Business Administration

Home institutions:  Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”

Pursued degree: MBA

Host Institution in the U.S.:  Cornell University, Ithaka, NY

Rumen Cholakov                Thanks to Scandinavia Award

Field of study: Law

Home institution: University of Cambridge, Kaplan Law School, UK

Pursued degree: LLM in Law

Host Institution in the U.S.: Columbia University, New York, NY

Olga Ouzunova

Field of study: Journalism

Home institution: Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”

Pursued degree: MA in Public Media

Host Institution in the U.S.: Fordham University, New York, NY

NON-DEGREE RESEARCH GRANTS FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Violeta Zhelyazkova

Field of study: Microbiology            

Home institution: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Host Institution in the U.S.: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Spring 2020

Atanas Pekanov

Field of study: Economics                                                

Home institution: Vienna University of Economics

Host Institution in the U.S.: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Fall 2019

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